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Terminator: Dark Fate

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Author: Joe Kennett, Posted: Monday, 25th November 2019, 09:00

Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo: Paramount Pictures
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo: Paramount Pictures

Set in the original timeline of ‘Terminator’ and ‘Terminator 2: Judgement day’, the sixth instalment in the franchise restores faith in what was once such an epic saga of films.

Glossing over the dark days of the likes of ‘Rise of the Machines’, ‘Salvation’ and ‘Genisys’, producer James Cameron returns to Sarah Connor’s (Linda Hamilton) storyline some 18 years since we last saw the iconic heroine, but it’s clear she hasn’t forgotten her roots.

Connor makes a dramatic return looking as badass as ever, but the machines have (of course) become more advanced than ever before.

Gabriel Luna portrays a haunting Terminator Rev-9, and the developments in technology make the robot scarier than ever before, with the ability to imitate human functions much better than that of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800, who faces Connor for the first time in many years, over some very bad blood.

Where previous films in the franchise have fallen flat, ‘Dark Fate’ excels, bringing to screens a story which emanates with the original plot. Newbies Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes) and Grace (Mackenzie Davis) bring fresh energy alongside the original stars of the saga.

Dani is being hunted by Luna’s Rev-9, with Grace being sent on a mission from the future to protect her, arriving in the present day in true Terminator style – falling butt-naked from the sky.

In a series of epic fight scenes spanning the globe, Dani is forced to become a fighter alongside her newfound pals Sarah Connor and Grace, in a trio that rivals ‘Charlie’s Angels’, with kick-ass attitude that you’d think could knock a Terminator dead.

The first half an hour of the film should get special mention for one of the biggest chases in movie history, as Terminator Rev-9 arrives in search of Dani, eventually being taken down – temporarily.

It’s edge-of-your-seat stuff, and this is maintained throughout the film. If you’re no stranger to falling asleep at the cinema, that mentality goes out the window. This is the most exciting Terminator film we’ve seen since ‘Judgement Day’ and sets out a new dawn for the franchise.

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